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The Limitless Possibilities of Prayer, Part 8 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #350)

17 Jul

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Proverbs 28:9 which reads: “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this verse from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

It is by the word and prayer that our communion with God is kept up. God speaks to us by his law, and expects we should hear him and heed him; we speak to him by prayer, to which we wait for an answer of peace. How reverent and serious should we be, whenever we are hearing from and speaking to the Lord of glory! If God’s word be not regarded by us, our prayers shall not only not be accepted of God, but they shall be an abomination to him, not only our sacrifices, which were ceremonial appointments, but even our prayers, which are moral duties, and which, when they are put up by the upright, are so much his delight. The sinner whose prayers God is thus angry at is one who wilfully and obstinately refuses to obey God’s commandments, who will not so much as give them the hearing, but causes his ear to decline the law, and refuses when God calls; God will therefore justly refuse him when he calls.

My personal encouragement today is this: Here are three more benefits that I have personally received from prayer to God, and that I know you can receive as well. (1) Prayer to God can cause your ministry to flourish beyond your wildest imaginations. (2) Prayer to God will help you to be a better witness for the Lord. And (3) Prayer to God will help you have good relationships with other people.

Our prayer motivator quote today is from D. A. Carson. He said: “The person who prays more in public than in private reveals that he is less interested in God’s approval than in human praise. Not piety but a reputation for piety is his concern.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 8 of a new series titled “THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER” from Dr. John R. Rice.

Jeremiah 33:3 states, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

All of us must surely answer with Jeremiah in Jeremiah 32:17, “Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.” God is able to give us mighty things.

So the Scriptures continue into the next chapTer where we find this blessed promise of Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Can you in these Scriptures see the hunger of God’s heart for somebody who will believe Him? Somebody who will give God a chance to do great and mighty things? Isn’t there a pleading note in His inquiry of Jeremiah, “Is there anything too hard for me?” How anxious God is to prove His mighty power! He only waits until we ask Him to give! Only as God’s people really call upon Him for great and mighty things can God give these great and mighty things “which thou knowest not.” God has greater things to give us than we can know how to pray for, and He will give them if we really call upon Him for mighty things and give Him a chance!

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing “City On Our Knees”

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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